CHICAGO: CPT marches on NATO


As NATO war makers gathered for their summit in Chicago, dozens of CPTers and CPT supporters marched with thousands from throughout the city and around the world.  The marchers called for an end to military madness and gave witness to the way of nonviolence that will midwife a just and peaceable society.  Several CPTers played key roles in nonviolence training and as peace guides.  The spirit of the march is exemplified in these photos by CPTer Tim Nafziger.

CPT CHICAGO: Peace, Pies and Prophets tour prepares for second leg; are you next?

After a successful first run in Pennsylvania, the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to South Bend, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-western United States on May 3-6 (See show details below).

“The event was a participatory wonder," said Ted Swartz, describing the first night of the tour last month, "Our show, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy was interspersed with a 'stealth auction,' where an air horn would go off and Tim Reubke and I would don our special hats and auction off handcrafted pies.  It truly felt to us like the beginning of a movement.  A movement around peacemaking, subversive theater and pies."  The first three shows in Lancaster, Philadelphia and Souderton raised over $15,000 for CPT through sales of $140 pies and free will offering.  You can watch a short film of  Pies Promoting Peace on Vimeo.

CHICAGO: Remembering Claire Evans

Claire_Evans_portrait-color[Note: CPTer Claire Evans died on the morning of 9 February  2012, five weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She spent her last days with her twin sister, Sue, in Lansing, Michigan.]

Claire Evans was not the most public personality in the wider CPT organization, but she was one of its most influential workers.  As the Delegations Coordinator, she was often the first person that people who were interested in exploring involvement with CPT met.  Her handling of finances brought her into contact with all of the full-time CPTers who submitted their expenses to her.  Her commitment to Undoing Oppressions within CPT changed not only how delegations were conducted, but also how support team and all the teams in the field functioned.  CPT Reservist Jerry Stein wrote of her,  â€śShe epitomized for me, as I was entering the CPT world, what a member could be and become…”

CHICAGO: Ten arrested seeking justice for Guantanamo detainees

On 11 January, police arrested ten peacemakers dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods outside the Federal courts in Chicago, Illinois when the group tried to enter the building in a symbolic search for justice on behalf of the Guantánamo detainees and other victims of state-sponsored torture.

Chicago: Four arrested at Body Shop in vigil for Displaced Colombians

Chicago police arrested four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Monday, 19 July on charges of trespass for praying on behalf of displaced Colombian farmers inside The Body Shop during a noon-hour vigil at the downtown store.

CHICAGO: Vigil urges Boeing to divest from Predator Drones

On Wednesday, 22 July 2009, members and supporters of Christian Peacemaker Teams participated in a silent funeral procession that drew attention to Boeing’s role in the production of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles - UAVs) that have killed over 700 civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

CHICAGO: Update on CPT finances and building needs

Unfortunately, CPT needs to move the current Chicago office and training facilities during this financially troubled time.  However, the current economy provides an opportunity for CPT to purchase a property for less than one-third of what it sold for a couple of years ago.  CPT hopes to manage this purchase without taking a penny away from peacemaking projects in the field.  What will make this possible?

CHICAGO: Call for Expressions of Interest in and Nominations for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Chicago Office Coordinator

CPT has a full time opening for someone to provide office coordination and administrative support for the work that takes place in the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) Chicago office starting by September 2008. Responsibilities, necessary qualities, experiences and skills are listed in the following job description following. Compensation is a subsistence stipend based on need.

FORT FRANCES, ON/CHICAGO REFLECTION: The chickens have come home to roost

For twenty-five years, I lived in Chicago. Much of that time was in the African American community. For the last several years, I lived on the South Side about twenty blocks from Trinity United Church of Christ whose former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been under fire for his sermon after 9/11. I experienced its welcoming style and was tempted to attend Trinity regularly because so much about its community fed my thirst for integrity of life, engaged social action, faith and hope that I wanted to bring to the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams. I never left the preaching of Jeremiah Wright without feeling energized for the week ahead.

On the morning of 9/11, my mind shuttled between the horror and tragedy of the moment and my understanding of the newly minted old world order that had brought the tragedy to us. On that day, the words uttered by Jeremiah Wright and frequently used in the English language going back to Chaucer’s “Parson’s Tales” (1390) also flashed in my mind: “the chickens have come home to roost.”

CHICAGO: Five CPTers arrested in M.L. King Day witness against Iraq war

On Tuesday, 15 January 2008, members and supporters of CPT marked Martin Luther King’s birthday by holding a vigil at the Chicago office of Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel calling for an end to the Iraq war.

…Under the banner, "War is Terrorism with a Bigger Budget," participants distributed leaflets documenting the costs of the war to Chicago taxpayers – $48.8 billion in 2007 alone-- and showing how the money could have been spent on medical care, education, housing, and infrastructure in the Chicago area.